Facts

  • Terrain
    Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use
    Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10.9oz
    Women: 9.3oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 27mm
    Women: 27mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Oct 2016
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Some runners were able to wear the Salomon Wings Flyte 2 for longer periods of time and they wrote that they remained comfortable.
  • The Quicklace™ System gained some fans because it allowed them to easily adjust the fit.
  • It looked visually appealing, according to many of those who have tried it.
  • The underfoot cushioning system worked well, based on the comments posted by consumers.
  • Many purchasers didn’t worry about mud because this shoe prevented it from lodging or clinging onto its façade.
  • There were runners who were able to use it on hard concrete and they wrote that it didn’t feel awkward or out-of-place; for them, it still functioned well.
  • The outsole gripping lugs received praise because they held onto the different types of terrain with ease and sureness.
  • Generally, the durability of the Wings Flyte 2 was lauded; for runners, it lasted a long time.

6 reasons not to buy

  • The speed-lacing system broke on a tester after only five weeks of use.
  • It was a bit narrow in the forefoot area, reported a reviewer.
  • The size ran a bit small, according to a purchaser.
  • The underfoot platform and the forefoot section of the upper unit felt stiff, a runner commented.
  • A runner complained that after only 4 weeks of use, the heel cup had already come apart.
  • The outsole unit’s gripping lugs wore off quickly for a number of consumers.

Bottom line

The Salomon Wings Flyte 2 neutral trail shoe was generally well-received by those who have tried it. They wrote that they were able to perform well on the trails while wearing this model. They felt that it was efficient and that it didn’t short-change them in terms of functionality. A few felt that it was a bit small in size and width, and there were those who experienced some discrepancies in terms of the lifespan.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | George Chiriac

    Salomon Wings Flyte 2 – Put them on and start flying

    Salomon Wings Flyte 2 is a trail shoe made for technical trails and amazing grip from Salomon.

    I consider that this shoe is made for entry/mid-level trail runners, but still features many of Salomon’s technologies that we can see on some of their high-end models.

     

    Design

    Salomon Wings Flyte 2 features the same classical Salomon design. I think that all Salomon shoes have something in common when talking about the design.

    And this is a good thing, not only because they look good, but they tested over and over again the same approach to building them. I consider that the colors available are made to be seen, but for me, it’s a great combination and it’s easy to find one that you may like.

     

     

    I found them to be a little short in my normal size, but not much. So maybe it’s a good idea to try them before. I also don’t recommend to buy half size larger, because I feel that this may be too much.

    Comfort

    I had the opportunity to wear the Wings Flyte 2 during an ultra-trail stage race. The first day I had to run 42km, second day 50 and in the third day only 8, the fun race. So I spend a lot of time in them, a total of 17 hours only for this 3 days.

    I was afraid that so much time wearing the Wings Flyte 2 will be a pain in the end. Especially that I get blisters with most of the shoes that I wear.

     

     

    In the first day, I run on a road with a lot of small stones. It was long enough and I had time to appreciate the stability of the shoe. The Ortholite insole provides some cushioning, but definitely not for an ultra.

    After that day, I realized that this shoe is made for stability on the trails and not for high cushioning. Lately, I used a pair of Hoka One One Hupana 2 for road running and I am used to much more cushioning. Still, I found it comfortable enough to wear them for the next 2 days.

    I even got a big stone inside the heel area and I did not feel that it was there. You can see the sign of wear caused by the stone is the picture below.

     

     

    So the sole of the shoes is very good in absorbing the shocks and hard enough to protect you against technical surfaces. 

    After 17 hours with them on in 3 days, I was pleased with the comfort overall.

    Sole

    The sole is made from Contagrip rubber, found on most of the Salomon shoes if not all.

    This is my first pair of Salomon and I was amazed by the grip that you have. On solid ground, rocks, roots, even if it is a little wet, you will not have any problem with them.

     

     

    Even if Wings Flyte 2 is made for dry surfaces, I run with them for 2 hours on a heavy rain. I was very happy with the lungs pattern, because you have grip, even on mud, on steep uphills or downhills. In the heel area, the lungs design is made to help you go downhill or stop easy.

    Durability

    Until now, I run with them a little over 120 km (around 75 miles) and no sign of unusual wear. I feel that they are built to last.

     

     

    The number of the lugs is high enough to create a big surface that gets in contact with very hard surfaces, like concrete, and in this way, the wear of the sole is decelerated.

     

     

    The mesh is flexible, so its hard to get cuts or tear very fast.

    Performance

    Salomon Wings Flyte 2 is an entry level shoe, so don’t expect a lot from it. If you are a highly competitive runner and you do a lot of races and training, there are also another versions that look similar, as the Wings Pro 2 and the S-Lab Wings, but are expensive.

    Of course, the materials are different and will probably last more. The advantage of the Wings Flyte 2 is that the design is the same, at a better price. For an amateur runner, that just want to have some fun on the trail, is a good choice.

    Don’t be fooled because I said is an entry level shoe, Salomon standards are high even for this category and they include a lot of technologies, tested successfully on high-end models in the past. I am really pleased with the quality and the performance that I found in the Wings Flyte 2.

    When you first want to try them, the first thing that you notice is the laces. This is my first pair of shoes with Quicklace system and I just love them, very easy to use and adjust any time. You just tight them and you are sure that will stay like that until the end of the race or training session.

     

     

    The laces hold a Sensifit system that tightens very well the shoes around your foot. You don’t get any unwanted movement inside the shoe.

    I used anti-friction cream against blisters, so my foot was sliding easily if it was not fixed well, but the Sensifit system really works and I had no problems.

     

     

    You can also see on them the letter ACS. This comes from Agile Chassis System, that is a Salomon technology that helps you to go downhill. At first, I thought that this is only marketing, but the shoe is so stable while running, that you can concentrate more on the trail.

    They are not sold as stability shoes, so I was not expecting to get so much protection and stability. And this is something that you want in some trail shoes. You need the protection to get you to the finish line thru forest or hard and technical trails.

     

     

    The exterior mesh breathability is amazing. You can use them during the summer with no problem. The disadvantage is that any moisture or water will go inside easily.

    Even mud if is fluid enough, which is not nice. But if you want waterproof shoes, you should try the Gore-Tex version, but the breathability is much lower that on the standard shoes.

    It features a mudguard around the tongue that will protect you against mud or small stones that may get inside your shoe.

     

     

    The weight is 310g according to Salomon, which is not very light and the drop is 10 mm (28 mm stack height in the back and 18 mm in the back). They are not light enough and they are not made for race day.

    If you want different shoes for races, my opinion is that you can choose the Wings Flyte 2 for training anytime. Also for me, they are good for everything, and you get a very nice and well-done pair of shoes for the money.

    Conclusion

    I really like the Salomon Wings Flyte 2 and I am really happy with the design, performance, materials, and technologies used to produce them. I fell that they are the type of shoes that begs you to hit the trail, do your best and get them dirty.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

    George Chiriac

    Level 1 expert (1-2 reviews)

    Hi, my name is George, a runner with about 3 years of experience under my belt. I do both road running and trail running, averaging at 25-30 km per week. I've participated in a couple of half marathons and a good number of 5ks. Love the trails and the happiness of a trail race, but I will never refuse the chance to compete in an urban race!

    2 reviews - average score 88/100

  • 80 / 100 | Torpedo 7

    The Wings Flyte 2 has been intelligently created to protect the foot from injury and debris, its lightweight durability is dependable which means runners can master those long distance advanced trails.

    Torpedo 7

    Level 1 expert (1-2 reviews)

    1 review - average score 80/100

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Updates to Salomon Wings Flyte 2

  • The Salomon Wings Flyte 2 is a running shoe that’s meant for the technical trails. It’s made from durable components and materials, which assist the wearer in achieving control over the unpredictable topography. It also has a sleek, modern look that’s geared towards those with modern tastes when it comes to their off-road gear.
  • The upper unit features a set of fabrics and technologies, which adapt to the movements of the foot. They do not render the cover system stiff or non-adherent to the natural performance of the wearer. Breathability is also a part of this section’s service.
  • The sole unit of the Salomon Wings Flyte 2 makes use of a full-length foam unit, which delivers responsive and comfortable cushioning to the foot. It’s made to last long, so it’s won’t easily break down or sag, even after many uses. The rear section of the shoe has a component that dampens impact shock and keeps the foot well-balanced.
  • The outsole unit features a rubber technology that is highly resistant to abrasion. It’s very reliable when it comes to lengthening the lifespan of the shoe, especially its platform. Gripping lugs that face different directions provide exceptional traction over different types of surfaces. The tread was even optimized to handle wet surfaces.

Salomon Wings Flyte 2 size and fit

The Salomon Wings Flyte 2 has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that adhere to the regular measurements. The available width for the men and women’s versions is medium. It can accommodate those with medium sized feet. It has a semi-curved shape, which means that it mimics the natural shape of the human foot.


Outsole

Contagrip® is a high-quality rubber compound that’s meant to protect the rest of the mid-sole from the abrasive nature of the trails. It also delivers traction, partly through gripping lugs that face different directions.

The Wet Traction Contagrip® is a variation of the outsole technology that’s actually enabled to function on wet surfaces. With this, the runner won’t easily surrender to the slippery sections of the topography.


Midsole

Injected EVA is a foam unit that’s responsive and springy. It doesn’t feel stiff. It actually permits the foot a degree of freedom when it comes to movement. It doesn’t easily sag or lose efficacy, even after many uses.

The Agile Chassis™ System is a technology that takes advantage of the robust rear section of the platform. It maintains the structure of the foam unit, preventing it from losing integrity or form. It also dampens impact during the landing phase, while also assisting in achieving smoother strides through the gait cycle.

The Ortholite® Sock Liner adds a bit more cushioning to the underfoot. It also has antimicrobial and anti-moisture capabilities, which keep the interior environment clean and healthy.


Upper

The 3D Stretch Air Mesh is a material that has an open construction. It allows air to enter the foot-chamber in order to keep the foot cool and dry. Its stretchable nature accommodates the subtle changes in the shape of the foot as it takes each step.

The Sensifit™ System is a design philosophy that allows the upper unit’s fabrics to wrap around the foot snugly and securely. The inner sleeve won’t rub uncomfortably against the skin, preventing irritation and discomfort.

Strong, but uncomplicated, the Quicklace™ system makes adjusting the fit more agreeable and less taxing. In order to tighten the coverage, the runners only need to pull the laces once and fasten it. No more traditional tying involved.

The Mud Guard is a layer that protects the upper unit from mud, which might cling to the upper or the outsole. It makes it easier to wash dirt off the material.